Students in Florida Tech's doctoral program experience an intimate learning environment where professors mentor and collaborate with students as professionals. Class sizes are small and the environment promotes innovative, independent thinking to develop graduates who are positioned for leadership.
Students seeking a mechanical engineering Ph.D. degree are dedicated researchers exploring topics currently important to the industry. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of the research conducted at Florida Tech, students are knowledgeable professionals ready to immediately contribute in the workplace.
Each faculty member is a professional engineer who has experience in real-world design and research. Professors conduct a wide range of research interests in instrumentation and control, mechatronics, robotics, biomechanics, computer-aided design, alternative energy and more. Mechanical engineering Ph.D. students can contribute to these projects and often publish their findings in respected research journals. NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation, State of Florida and Department of Energy have recently funded faculty research projects.
Five areas of specialization are offered to students in the mechanical engineering Ph.D. program: automotive engineering, dynamic systems: robotics and controls, hydrogen and fuel cell technology, solid mechanics and materials, or thermal fluid sciences. Prior to beginning the program, candidates map out their own course of study with a faculty mentor whose professional field is aligned to the student's career goals and interests.
The university's reputation is built on a solid record of engineering and research excellence. Research facilities and infrastructure where students conduct state-of-the-art research includes the National Center for Hydrogen Research, Florida Center for Automotive Research and Institute for Energy Systems. Florida Tech students in the mechanical engineering Ph.D. program have access to additional research facilities and laboratories including:
Wireless Center of Excellence
College of Engineering Center for Space Commercialization
Wind and Hurricane Impacts Research Laboratory
Laser, Optics and Instrumentation Laboratory
Low-Speed Wind Tunnel
Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory
Materials Testing Machine
Composite Manufacturing Lab
Cascade Tunnel, Laser
Optics and Instrumentation Laboratory
Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory
Thermal Plasma Spray and High Heat-Flux Testing Laboratories
Automotive Engineering Testing Laboratory
Mechanical engineering Ph.D. students often collaborate with numerous organizations on research projects including:
Department of Energy
Department of Defense
Florida Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
Air Force Research Laboratory
While many mechanical engineering Ph.D. students are already working professionals in the local area, other candidates choose the mechanical engineering master's program at Florida Tech for its prime location in the heart of Florida's Space Coast near the nation's fourth largest high-tech workforce.
Graduates find a wide range of career options with a degree from Florida Tech's mechanical engineering Ph.D. program. Mechanical engineers work in industries such as aerospace, electronics, railway, government and defense, materials and metals, construction and automotive, to name a few.
Demand for mechanical engineers is growing through 2022 with new job opportunities in alternative energy, nanotechnology and automotive. Employers such as Harris Corp., GE, US Air Force and Pratt & Whitney have hired Florida graduates.